Otto Leonard Tiede

Otto Leonard Tiede passed peacefully on Saturday, May 2, 2015. He was born May 28, 1925 on the Circle “T” homestead in Pleasant Valley to John and Emma Rast Tiede.

He spoke German until he started school and attended German confirmation classes at Martin Luther Church in Pleasant Valley. He attended country school and graduated from American Falls High School. He was a lifelong member of Martin Luther and St. John’s Lutheran Church.

Upon graduation from high school he joined the Marines and served in WWII with the 9th Amphibians Tractor Battalion serving in Guam, Guadalcanal and Okinawa. He was awarded the presidential unit citation.

He married Helen Deeg Tiede on Oct. 14, 1951. They settled on the Tiede homestead and farmed until their retirement. He was one of the first to develop irrigation into the valley.

They had four children: Vicki (William) Meadows, Debra (Clay) Erickson, James (Debra) Tiede and Patricia Tiede; eight grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren. They were also the adopted parents and grandparents and influenced many young people’s lives.

Otto believed in “giving back.” God, country, community, family and farm. He served on: Farmer’s Grain Growers, Power County Grain Growers. Idaho Beet Growers, Idaho Potato Growers, Power County Rural Fire District Commissioner, American Legion, VFW, Bingham Coop Board, U.S. Marine Corps League, St. John’s Lutheran Church Council and School District #381 School Board.

Viewing will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 5. Viewing will also be held from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, May 6, at St. John’s Lutheran Church. The funeral service will follow at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers please send memorials to St. John’s Lutheran Church, 656 Tyhee St., American Falls, Idaho.

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